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I thought I would take a moment to go over what it means to be on a team.

Earlier in life, probably many of us were on some sort of sports team, whether that was in little league baseball, or cheerleading, to competitive NCAA college soccer. A lot of us don’t even think about teams heading out in the the real world, where we mostly train alone for our own goals.

But what really is a team for running?

Let’s dive into that question, as I feel a lot of us could benefit from being on some sort of team. The premise for this article is most about the benefits of Team BU, our close knit running team.

Team BU specifically is a group of people with a common goal: ultra running. But that doesn’t mean everyone on our team is an ultra runner. They may be aspiring to be one, or just curious. That’s it. There is no minimum pace, no requirement to go out there an race. It’s a group of people who want to help and support each other. This is not an elite team of runners.

I think that’s one main misconception about running teams out there, or some running clubs even. I obviously can’t speak for every single one, but we made it so anyone who wanted to be on the team could be and really be proud to be on one. And we have some proud members. We also have quiet members, those who just kind of sit back and watch. You can be as active or passive as you would like!

What are some advantages?

  • A safe place to ask questions of all kinds
  • A group of people who don’t think you’re crazy
  • People who are all over the world who can help give perspective on their area of the world if you are traveling there
  • Members who can help pace or crew you
  • Team shirts and apparel to wear and show off
  • In the know with what’s going on with Becoming Ultra behind the scenes
  • Group chats for accountability/safety/femininity
  • All paces welcome, all abilities welcome
  • Soft coaching when needed
  • A brand new set of friends
Team BU member Rebecca all set up and ready to crew fellow member Payton in her 100 miler.

The advantages are endless. This year we had members from Team BU:

  • Participate in a Ragnar style race together
  • Crew and pace a fellow team member to their first 100 miler (twice!)
  • Create monthly team accountability challenges
  • Seasonal group gathering opportunities

These activities were all led by team members, not the coaches! Sure there is the yearly (and hopefully more so in the future) meet-up for the team, when we celebrate the accomplishments of those who took on the challenge of Becoming Ultra in the season show. More often than not though, people will come together any chance they get.

New members are welcomed with open arms. And older members turn into family. You want to care for them and their success. You want to go to events with them. Teams are so much more than being competitive.

The Down Low…

The nitty gritty of what we’re getting at is that team is important, they are connections to your hobbies and a safe space. Potentially, a good team will have your back at every turn, or straight up tell you when you’re doing something that might not be the greatest idea, but still support you and hope for your success! They hold you accountable. They are there for you. You don’t need an impressive pace or race resume, heck you don’t need any race at all if you don’t wish it. That’s the making of a good team.

If you are interested in our Team BU, check out how to join for as little as $15/month. Our team isn’t free, but it’s pretty darn close. Make sure to brush up on what being on our team entails by visiting the page. There are also different levels you can choose from and how to additionally help support Becoming Ultra as a whole to keep good content flowing and at your fingertips…closer if you’re on our team.

You can also support us by becoming a patron on pateron. All of the support we receive is very much appreciate as we work hard to bring you the best of our running world.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at contact@becomingultra.com. Also we have a new facebook page for our fans! Post away on Be Ultra Running. Keep checking back here for new articles which should be cropping up twice a month! There is so much more to cover, and we can’t wait to share it with you. And lastly if you wanna grab up some trail swag, we got our own gear!

Stephanie Dannenberg

Steph has been running really far in really hot, cold, dry, and rainy places. She is the newest coach for Becoming Ultra and contributes on the podcast regularly!